On June 23 of this year, Sega will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship franchise, Sonic The Hedgehog. The little blue guy first emerged on the Genesis/Mega Drive on June 23, 1991, a date which may be as important to the console wars as 1933 is to World War II historians. The series has since gone on to sell over 70 million copies worldwide, making Sonic one of the most iconic mascots in gaming. Throughout the year, Sega will be revealing details about events around the world to celebrate this milestone.
As with many gamers, the Sonic franchise evokes mixed emotions from me. Fans have been demanding a retreat from 3D style games for over a decade, and this year’s answer to them has received a divided reception. For more on that, be sure to check out Ryan Littlefield’s upcoming article here on Warp Zoned.